YORKTOWN – Wait for it.
Instructions from the sideline came fast and furious each time Yorktown took possession Tuesday during a convincing 15-8 win over Mahopac. A lack of experience is evident from time to time, but if the Huskers learn to run the offense as seamlessly as the guys on the other end of the field play defense, look out.
“We definitely need work,” said Dom Cioffi, who had two goals and one assist. “We need to throw the ball around faster. We need to pick up the tempo.”
Right now, the defense is setting the pace.
Steven Veteri set up on the crease and gave Yorktown (3-0) a quick lead, scoring with one minute gone. Christian Donahoe rolled into the alley, knotting the score 1-1 a short time later. Both teams were grinding the rest of the quarter.
The Indians (0-2) moved ahead when the ball deflected off a close defender and went in with 10:34 to go in the second.
“We talked about playing our brand of lacrosse, and in the first quarter I think we did,” said Donahoe, who finished with two goals. “And early in the second quarter, we went up 2-1 and we were kind of controlling the tempo. Then we tried running up and down the field with them, and we’re not going to beat them at their game.”
Turnovers fueled a Huskers run.
Cioffi quickly made it a 2-2 affair, then Thomas Donatelli gave the Huskers the lead and Sam Spallone extended it. Veteri kept things rolling, then Justin Cavallo and Kyle Casey scored to make it a 7-2 lead.
The outburst came to an end when Donahoe scored with 1:17 to go in the half.
“We know Mahopac is always going to bring a great team,” Huskers defenseman Brett Makar said. “They’re fierce competitors, so they came out after one tied with us 1-1 and we knew we had to pick it up a lot. The offense got it going. The defense picked it up and the second quarter was big for us.”
There was no second-half comeback as Yorktown rattled off three more goals after the break to make it a 10-3 cushion.
Player of the game: Brett Makar showed off the legs in transition, finishing with one goal and two assists. He also picked up six ground balls.
Turning point: After taking a 2-1 lead, Mahopac struggled to catch the ball. The frustration grew quickly as the Huskers dialed up the pace of play and went on a 6-0 run.
Stat line: Yorktown picked up 36 ground balls, and immediately cashed in three of those for quick goals. … All three shots Steven Veteri took went in for the Huskers. … Cavallo scored four goals to lead Yorktown. … Tom Murray had a pair of goals for Mahopac. … Aidan Hynes led the Indians with five ground balls.
Quotable: “They do a great job,” Cioffi said of his defensive-minded teammates. “It has to be one of the best defenses in the nation, and when they push the ball in transition, you can’t ask for anything more. You just say thank you.”